Postcards from February halfterm in London!

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What did you do this February half term?

What did you do this February half term?


February half term is a hard one.  What do you do? Skiing is obvious. The only issue with that is a) it’s very expensive and b) it’s very crowded! This year UK and France school holidays collided – with resorts experiencing the biggest crowds ever. Thank goodness I skipped that! 😀

If you want/crave sunshine you need to travel fairly far afield, like the Caribbean or Dubai. That’s a long way to go for a week. You can get some winter sun (though not guaranteed) in the Canary Islands.  Maybe we’ll try the next year!

We opted, like many, for a staycation. I find February in the UK tricky. The coasts will cold and if really unlucky they can be stormy. Though bring wellies and dress properly that could be fun. The Lake District is cozy (inside by a fire) but perhaps not what the girls had in mind. I don’t even want to think about the temperature in February in Scotland!

But there is always London! Lovely, lively, always-something-to-do London! So when the Royal Garden Hotel asked us to try out their new London Explorer Package aimed at families, we packed our cameras, coats and an A-Z to see our nation’s capitol.

Check out our photos below and watch our video to see what we got up to!










Just hanging out with Alfie and Zoella! #madametussauds @madametussauds  A post shared by Susanna Scott ~ family travel (@amodernmother) on


Where we stayed: The Royal Garden Hotel

The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is in a fabulous location and a great place for a family to base themselves. It’s literally right next to Kensington Gardens and a stone’s throw away from Kensington Palace and great for royal watching. The hotel has a new London Explorer Package, which includes  2 night accommodation for a family of four, the “Flicks and Food” package (unlimited films for 24 hours and a tray of food), tickets for the Big Bus Tour and discounts on major attractions. Kids and adults can borrow the hotel’s micro scooters and glide their way around Kensington Gardens!

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored project with the Royal Garden Hotel. All opinions are my own.

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  1. 02/03/2017 / 11:40

    Looks like a great time was had, We need to take the kids to explore London, it’s tricky finding somewhere to stay that accommodate the kids nicely though.
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  2. 28/02/2017 / 11:36

    OOOH I do love a trip to London ! I must admit I have never been to Kensington gardens .

    It looks like you had a fabulous time and oh my that hotel !
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  3. 28/02/2017 / 11:24

    It looks like you had an amazing time! How cool is it that you can borrow scooters from the hotel!

  4. 27/02/2017 / 14:36

    I have always wanted to stay in the RGH, will have to do it this year. We went to Scotland and it was surprisingly mild for part of the week although there was a day where it didn’t get above freezing. Looks like you had some amazing weather and a great time

  5. 27/02/2017 / 13:06

    Looks like a super busy and exciting week for you! Love the dressing up photo. Need to chekc out the Royal Garden hotel next time we have a day night with hubby ;-0)
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  6. 26/02/2017 / 19:53

    I haven’t been to the National Portrait Gallery in years and it looks so different now. I really need to visit Kensington Palace as I have a bit of an obsession about royal history and buildings.
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  7. 26/02/2017 / 17:45

    Love London! Great choice for Feb Half Term and looks like you had a brilliant time – you were certainly busy. I have stayed at the Royal Garden many years ago and it was brill – good to be in the heart of the action.x Great photos and video too.x